Awesome cruise for husband & I : Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by mespos
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Awesome cruise for husband & I
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Activities - varied music venues - something for everyone. We liked "Groovy Music with Larry". He's an amazing guitarist. Also liked the Latin band and the "Rock n' Roll" band. Enjoyed dancing at the night club too. Comedy shows were very funny and production show - "Ticket to Ride" was excellent; high energy. My husband liked watching football in the sports bar. Interestingly enough; domestic beers cost more than imported ones so we stuck with the imports. Enjoyed "drink of the day" daily and didn't have to pay for the souvenier glass since they aren't served in one unless you request it.
Weather was great and ports of call were memorable. We did the Pub Crawl at Key West and would recommend if you like to have fun with other people. Seven Mile Beach at Grand Cayman was the most beautiful beach we have ever been to -crystal clear water resembling a swimming pool. We took a taxi there for $5 each way per person - well worth it; self arranged. We went to the public beach where "Calico Jack's" is located - good place for a drink in the shade. Dunn's River Falls at Ocho Rios, Jamaica was a "must do". Would recommend taking the excursion featuring the "Cool Runnings" catamaran & Dunns River Falls; great fun on the boat to and from the falls with all you'd want rum punch and $3 Red Stripe beer. Enjoyed the waterslide, pools and hot tubs. Hot tubs are hotter up on the Serenity Deck and in the adult pool area located on each end of ship. If you'd prefer not to cruise with lots of families with kids; we would sugget avoiding summertime and holiday bookings like we did. Most guests on our cruise were adults (very few children) and seems everyone was pleasant; just wanting to enjoy themselves. Honestly; we really can't think of much to complain about. The only negative was disembarking took longer than we would have liked but that was due to the line in Customs and rainy weather which slowed down the process. If we had done self-assist; we could have gotten off earlier but we did not choose that option.
Our cabin was very clean and our cabin steward was attentive. We had to request an ice bucket with ice as we're not sure that is automatically provided any longer. Large bottled water can be purchased in the room for just $3.95 which was convenient since it's not recommended to drink from the tap on ships and it's a hassle to carry filled glasses of water back to the room. One area for improvement in our opinion would be mattess replacement. Although we slept O.K., the mattress sagged and it was slightly harder than we'd prefer. All in all; a fun, memorable vacation. Can't wait to cruise again with Carnival - next ship being "the Dream"! Less
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